Monday 13 January 2014

The Rising by Terra Harmony

The Rising (The Painted Maidens Trilogy, #1)The Rising by Terra Harmony
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a ARC copy from NetGalley.

I have had a fascination with mermaids since I was a young girl. Therefore, I tend to gravitate to these types of books. The Rising was no exception. The premise is what sealed the deal. What could be better than mermaids? Mermaids and Werewolves. Now that is a winning combination.

Serena is a fifteen year old mermaid who was raised in an orphanage after the tragic death of her parents. Serena has always felt that she didn't belong so she is content to live on the fringe of Society. Despite her isolation, Serena is concerned about her dying race. When she is appointed Werewolf Liaison, Serena hopes she can make a difference. Liam is the first werewolf Serena encounters in her new position as Liaison. The werewolves were once the protectors of the mermaids, but mistrust, resentment and hatred led to the bloody massacre that decimated the mermaids. Will Serena and Liam be able to restore the broken relations between their races? Will another bloody conflict occur?

The author did a great job creating and developing characters that came to life through her vivid descriptions. Serena is a strong and determined character despite being socially awkward. This story is an action packed adventure that is full of twists and turns. Guaranteed to keep you guessing until the end. This was a different take on mermaids, and I really enjoyed it.

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